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Tamiya 1/32 F4U-1A Corsair

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I really have no idea what I’m doing but boy am I having a blast experimenting and trying new things. 

 

Most attempts at trying something new have failed but I’ve managed to put together a few acceptable applications and I’ve now got to this stage. 

 

I took some masking tape, cut it up and painted it white, and used it for the white panel tape. I guess you could call that scratch built haha.

 

I’ve still got a ton of smaller decals left but I need to get a good gloss coat down. I have Testors dull and gloss spray cans. I’m really hoping I don’t mess all this work up by spraying it with the gloss. Any tips or warnings on using the stuff would be much appreciated. 

 

I’ve loved every minute of this kit so far and as it begins to wind down, I’m looking forward to my next build. Any suggestions? Thanks

 

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Wow that looks terrific!   My only suggestion on the gloss is just be super careful with the gloss application out of a rattle can. Ive done it, but the amount of particulate that comes out is tremendous, and you will get a LOT of gloss down really fast, and you can end up with way more down than you wanted. 

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That looks incredible! I'm very jealous... I can do a neat job of the fine detail stuff, like the cockpit etc, but really struggle when it comes to the final paint job... 

 

I also had massive issues getting the engine/cowl on and in the end I had to close it all up and use copious amounts of filler. I still don't know what I did wrong, but you've done a great cover up job, if you hadn't said anything, I would never have known.

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Nice work Robert. Great to see you chose Big Hog. I did  Lt. Danny Cunningham's F4U-1A from VF-17 but the Tamiya 1/48 scale kit a few years back.

David.

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Well what an adventure for this new modeler. After nearly 3 weeks I finally got this one buttoned up. The end was tricky for me with the gloss coat and rigging the plane. I tried a few different ways to top coat the aircraft. 1st I tried airbrushing some Vallejo gloss but I darn near smoked the entire family out of our house (I don't have a shop). So that didn't work so well and I had to resort to a spray can. I ended up using Tamiya Semi gloss from the can and surprisingly it turned out alright.

 

Next I had to rig the plane which I had never tried before. I scanned the internet for reference photos and hopefully I'm somewhat close. 

 

All in all I'm happy with the end result. There were a LOT of mistakes made but it's a learning process. A huge thanks to all the wonderful members who have given me encouraging words. I'll post a pic here and a few more in the RFI section. I apologize for the bad phone pics but it's the best I can do for now. Cheers

 

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